Digital Red Professional & friendly technical support for individuals and small businesses 2015-08-21T22:27:33Z Daniel <![CDATA[Delete all files with specific extension in a tree of folders]]> 2015-02-06T14:14:37Z 2015-02-06T14:14:37Z In Windows using the command prompt you can delete all files including [1] in their name by using:

DEL /F /S /Q /A "C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\*[1]*"

Replace the /Q with /P if you want to be asked for confirmation on each file

Be careful that you don’t delete files you didn’t mean to – but in the example I was working on, multiple copies of each file were restored from a corrupted hard drive and there were copies of filename.jpg as filename[1].jpg and filename[2].jpg, so the above command a couple of times deleted everything that was duplicated perfectly

Daniel <![CDATA[Outlook 2007 gives certificate error for Gmail IMAP email]]> 2014-05-30T05:51:28Z 2014-05-30T05:48:54Z imap-ssl-cert-error-with-gmailIf you get the error from Outlook 2007 which says “The server you are connected to is using a security certificate that cannot be verified. The target principal name is incorrect” when you collect your email via IMAP, you have a button which says View Certificate and a question Do you want to continue using this server? with the answer Yes or No.


Google’s new SSL certificate

Google have installed a new SSL secure server certificate on the mailserver named, and Outlook 2007 tells you that it’s not valid.

It is valid – instead of Google having a certificate issued for the server name, they have applied a new certificate that is issued to * … the * means “all servers”.


The certificate for * IS valid

That means that a certificate issued to * does cover, and is valid for


Stop the prompt appearing!

Outlook 2007 is wrong to question it, but what can you do?

The answer is easier than you probably expected: install Office 2007 Service Pack 3.  You really should have had it installed already, but if you’re seeing the certificate prompt, chances are, you don’t.


Download Office 2007 SP3

You can download Office 2007 SP3 from Microsoft here – click the big Download button to start the download.  It’s about 360 MB.office2007sp3

Daniel <![CDATA[Email attachment sizes]]> 2014-05-09T20:06:41Z 2011-09-28T12:17:15Z For large files, email isn’t ideal.  That said, there are no real set rules for email attachments’ size.

I think that it is reasonable to assume 5 MB will always go through without any problem, and 10MB usually will too.

Google’s Gmail service allows upto 25 MB, though I don’t think I’d ever try sending a file of that size by email.

Blackberry handhelds can’t deal with anything larger than 8 MB, but few people read mail on their Blackberry exclusively.

Email is not particularly efficient at sending attachments though: they are 30% larger in transit than they are on your PC, so a 10 MB PDF will generate a 13 MB email

If you have a website you could use your webspace (it’s easy to upload files using cPanel or an FTP program like Filezilla).  You could also use a service like Dropbox.

Daniel <![CDATA[Installing the latest version of Adobe Reader]]> 2012-01-03T21:14:59Z 2011-09-05T10:37:49Z redirects to now

Daniel <![CDATA[Set Google as the default search engine in Internet Explorer on Windows 7]]> 2011-09-05T10:00:39Z 2011-09-05T10:00:39Z No Google in the Internet Explorer 9 list of search engine options

No Google!

Somehow Microsoft seem to have forgotten to add Google to the list of options of default search engines when you first load Internet Explorer on a new installation of Windows 7.

There is an easy way to add Google as the default search engine though: the older Add Search Providers page on the Microsoft website lists Google.

All you need to do is:

  1. Visit the Add Search Providers on the Microsoft website:

    Add Search Providers to Internet Explorer

    Add Search Providers page

  2. Click on the Google entry
  3. In the window which opens, click the Default option before pressing OK

    Click "Make this my default"

  4. Now when you type into the address/search bar, Google is set as your default search engine.

    Test search

  5. You’ll probably want to click the Turn on search suggestions option in the above screenshot, and if you have the Bing toolbar installed as in these screenshots, you’ll probably want to remove that too (from Control Panel, then Add/Remove Programs)
Daniel <![CDATA[Recent Places shortcut on task bar]]> 2011-08-08T06:39:33Z 2011-05-19T10:09:30Z

Once the Windows Explorer Properties window opens, empty whatever is in te Target field and copy/paste this in:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe “%userprofile%\Links\RecentPlaces.lnk”

Daniel <![CDATA[Windows Explorer paths]]> 2011-08-08T06:39:33Z 2011-05-19T09:41:59Z Default setting:

“Recent Items” directory can also be found in the directory structure by following this path:

My Computer
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

My Documents
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

Recycle Bin
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Network Neighborhood
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

Default Web Browser
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

Computer Search Results Folder
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{1F4DE370-D627-11D1-BA4F-00A0C91EEDBA}

Network Search Results Folder
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{E17D4FC0-5564-11D1-83F2-00A0C90DC849}

Web Folders
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{BDEADF00-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}

Control Panel
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

Printers and Faxes
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}

Scanners and Cameras
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD}

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152}

Network Connections or My Network Place
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

Administrative Tools
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}

Tasks Scheduler
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

My Computer” highlighted in left side with all drives visible but not expanded and C: highlighted in right side:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select,c:

Desktop highlighted and nothing expanded:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/n,/select,/root,c:

All drives visible and the system drive highlighted and expanded in full
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select

All drives visible and the system drive expanded in small screen:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select,%systemroot%

Only Windows Directory visible highlighted and expanded:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/root,%systemroot%

All drives visible but only C: highlighted and expanded:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,c:

Nothing expanded and My Computer highlighted in right side:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,/e,/select,

Opens the Windows folder as a folder: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe %systemroot%

Opens as “My Computer”: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe %systemroot%,

This opens the Desktop folder with “My Computer” highlighted:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe %systemroot%,/select,

“Desktop” highlighted in the left side and no drives visible:
%systemroot%\explorer.exe /e,/root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D},/select

“My Computer” highlighted in left side and all drives visible but none expanded:
%systemroot%\explorer.exe /e,/root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

“Desktop” in left side highlighted and “My Computer” highlighted in right side and no drives visible: %systemroot%\explorer.exe /e,/select,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D

Daniel <![CDATA[Remove “No comments” on WordPress search results]]> 2011-08-08T06:39:33Z 2011-02-15T10:48:59Z From search.php in the theme folder, comment out

<?php comments_popup_link(''.get_option('sthemes_comment_responsesa_name').'', ''.get_option('sthemes_comment_responsesb_name').'', ''.get_option('sthemes_comment_responsesc_name').''); ?>
Daniel <![CDATA[Remove “filed under” in WordPress search results]]> 2011-08-08T06:39:33Z 2011-02-15T10:47:51Z In the Evenflow theme, edit the file /wp-content/themes/st-even/search.php

Comment out:

<small><?php _e ('Written on', 'smpl') ?> <?php the_time('l, F jS, Y') ?> <?php _e ('at', 'smpl') ?> <?php the_time() ?>&nbsp;&rarr;&nbsp;<?php _e ('Filed under', 'smpl') ?> <?php the_category(', ') ?></small>
Daniel <![CDATA[Remove WordPress autosave entries]]> 2011-08-08T06:39:33Z 2011-02-15T09:31:18Z To delete/erase/drop the autosave revisions that WordPress creates in a database table, run this SQL query:

DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision"